Heel pain is a very common problem that patients present with at our clinic. As it is the first point of contact when walking the heels are designed to be the shock absorbers of our feet putting them under constant pressure. Here are the common reasons people experience heel pain:
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia tendon. This is a muscle that spans from the heel bone into the MTPJs. Pain from plantar fasciitis can be debilitating, it strikes the most in the morning and after sitting down for long periods. Some of the causes of plantar fasciitis can be poor supportive footwear, obesity, flat feet or long hours weightbearing. Plantar fasciitis can sometimes resolve on its own. Other times treatment is required which involves: stretches, icing, orthotics, dry needling, corticosteroid injections or in extreme cases surgery. The longer treatment is delayed, the greater the impact on quality of life and the duration of treatment. Our Podiatrists are trained to identify the cause of this problem and provide you with the most appropriate treatment plan to help you get back on your feet pain-free quickly.
This is when a fluid filled sac at the back of the heel becomes inflamed. It can be caused by footwear pressure, tightening of the calf muscles or landing incorrectly on your heel. Our Podiatrists can diagnose this problem with an ultrasound and can recommend certain footwear or orthoses to help reduce the pressure on the back of the heels.
Stress fractures are hairline fractures which can occur in the heel bone. They are commonly caused by running, heavy landing sports or taking up a a strenuous activity without the right preparation. Our Podiatrists can help to identify this problem and can provide you with a CAM walker to reduce the pressure on your heel to aid in its healing.
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